Once a South Australian lockdown involved a boat trip to an island in the Port estuary…
The Torrens Island Quarantine Station was built in 1879 to stop passengers bringing diseases such as smallpox into the colony. Today this remarkably intact site evokes experiences of passengers placed in quarantine from 1880s – 1960s. This fascinating, curator-led tour — your only way of accessing the site—explores the bathing blocks, boiler house, disinfection block and autoclave, morgue and isolation hospital.
What: Guided Tour of the Torrens Island Quarantine Station
Where: Torrens Island Quarantine Station (meet at the AGL Power Station boom gate)
Friday 6 May – 11 am
Sunday 8 May – 11 am
Friday 13 May – 11 am
Sunday 15 May – 11 am
Cost: $30 pp (ticket price includes entry to the SA Maritime Museum)
Requirements: Closed-toe shoes are required due to uneven terrain and travel to Torrens Island is by own vehicles. The total tour length is approximately 1.5 hours plus travel time.